Munger, Tolles & Olson was profiled as a Pro Bono Firm of the Year by Law360 in a report published on Oct. 4, 2016. For the second consecutive year, Munger Tolles was included on the list and recognized as one of 20 firms nationwide that are “taking on some of the most consequential legal topics of our time without pay.”
Law360 recognized Munger Tolles for results obtained on behalf of pro bono clients while logging more than 32,000 pro bono hours a one-year period – “all without a requirement from the firm.”
Law360 spotlighted Munger Tolles’ victory, led by Pro Bono Committee Co-Chair David H. Fry, in securing the release of internal documents detailing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s lethal injection practices and protocols.
The publication also featured Munger Tolles’ work on a “novel” amicus brief – filed in December 2015 – on behalf of a group of clergy in Texas challenging the state’s efforts to block Syrian refugees from settling there.
“It was an opportunity that was very much in the holiday spirit,” Munger Tolles attorney Amelia L. B. Sargent told Law360. “How can you turn away refugees at Christmas?”
Munger Tolles was also recognized for its representation of New Mexico parents and school children in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit that seeks to establish education as a fundamental right and ensure that children from disadvantaged populations are provided a sufficient education as required under the state constitution. The firm’s lead attorney on the case, E. Martin Estrada, told Law360, “You’ve got a case like this that can impact hundreds of thousands of students and you want to do the absolute best job you can.”